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Here's a quick wrap of the COVID-19 news and case numbers from each Australian jurisdiction for the past week, as reported on Friday, December 2, 2022.
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The state has recorded 32 more COVID-19 deaths, up from 25 last week.
There are 37,796 new cases, an increase from 31,531 last week.
With 1,481 people in hospital, there are 38 with COVID-19 in intensive care.
Victoria has reported 26,971 new cases in seven days, up from 22,281 last week.
Unlike other states, Victoria records its hospitalisations and intensive-care admissions with a seven-day rolling daily average.
The state averaged 550 daily hospitalisations and 21 daily intensive care admissions.
There was also 54 deaths reported in the past seven days, down from 68 last week.
The Top End has recorded 750 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, up from 329 last week.
There are 25 people hospitalised with COVID-19 in the territory, which is 10 more than last week.
Two new deaths have been reported.
The ACT has reported 2,239 new cases this week, up from 1,757 last week.
The territory has 33 active cases in hospital, with no-one in intensive care.
One death was reported this week.
Queensland has reported 11,217 new cases of COVID-19, up from 10,082 last week.
The state has confirmed 15 deaths in the latest reporting period.
As of November 30, there were 320 people in hospital with the virus, including eight in intensive care.
South Australia has reported 9,684 new cases of COVID-19, up from 9,000 last week.
There are 128 patients in hospital with COVID-19, including eight in intensive care.
The state has reported 12 deaths in the past week.
Western Australia has reported 11,762 new cases, up from 10,520 last week.
The state said there were 185 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including four in intensive care. as of 4pm on December 1.
Western Australia has reported 14 deaths dating back to November 19, which were reported in the last week.
Tasmania has reported 3,957 new cases this week, up from 2,712 last week.
There are 72 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including two in intensive care.
Five new deaths have been reported.
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